Wednesday, February 29, 2012

february favorites

February was a good month. Valentine's Day happens to be one of my all-time favorite holidays (just behind Christmas), so all 29 days were filled with giddy feelings. I especially love those first 14 days when stores carve out sections of heart-covered goodies and sentimental cards. 

If I had to pick my favorite beauty products of the month, these would be them. It's a combination of old loves and new obsessions. The cotton candy-colored blush (in the color Katie) was definitely my favorite, though. It adds just a hint of color to my already flushed cheeks. I was pleasantly surprised by its built-in brightening abilities, too! I'm on the hunt for more pastely products, so let me know if you have any suggestions. 

Thanks for reading! I hope your February was just as wonderful.

Monday, February 27, 2012

bathtime for brushes

After a particularly bad breakout last year, I realized the cause might be hiding in my makeup brushes. I googled around to find the best brush cleaner, but ended up discovering an at-home wash. I already had all three ingredients (dish soap, olive oil, and water) so I decided to give it a whirl. I've been hooked ever since. The dish soap kills germs and cleans the hairs but can also dry them out. To balance the harsh side effects, add equal parts olive oil. It acts as a conditioner to keep the bristles soft and smooth. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 25, 2012


I keep my favorite nighttime beauty products inches away from my bed to ensure I use them.
a. A light, milky lotion is perfect for fighting the effects of dry California weather.
b. This dewy, non-sticky serum makes my lips feel baby soft by morning.
c. The scent of lavender and patchouli hand cream eases me into sleep.
d. Last, but certainly not least, I try to drink at least one glass of water before hitting the hay.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

foodie beauty inspiration

There's something about macarons that gets me every time. The creamy pastel colors, the crunch of meringue, and the chewy inside — I just can't resist anything about the these petite cookies.

I deliberately went to stumbled upon 'lette macarons before a recent trip to Sephora. I was on the hunt for a new eyeshadow palette, but needed a sweet treat first. I left with two macarons: one violet and one salted caramel. The latter was consumed almost immediately, and the flower-flavored pastry was nestled into my bag (see, I do have some self control). When I got to Sephora, this rich five-tone palette immediately caught my eye. The deep purples are paired with a quintessential champagne highlight and a shimmer-speckled black liner. I was sold.

When I got home and unpacked my purchases, I couldn't help but notice how the palette colors almost mirrored the colors of the violet macaron. Inspiration by food? I think so!

Monday, February 20, 2012

the beauty bag that lives in my car

Whether I'm going out after work or running to a daytime event, I keep this mini makeup bag handy for a quick touch up on the go. It lives in the glove box in my car, nestled next to my GPS unit. All eight products are tried and true favorites that quickly refresh my look, no matter where I'm going.

a. Bobbi Brown Day to Night Warm Eye Palette
b. Lancome Rouge in Love in Corail in Love
c. Bobby pins
d. Neutrogena makeup remover cleansing towelettes
e. Dove Go Fresh deodorant travel size
f. Maybelline Great Lash mascara
g. Makeup For Ever full cover concealer
h. Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten in Como

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

banana honey mask

I buy bananas with the best intentions. I almost always grab a bunch (four or five bananas) for the week. In my mind, I validate the purchase: A healthy breakfast that's easy to take on the road. And perhaps, if I'm extra lucky, a delicious addition to my peanut butter toast. Come Friday, there's always one banana that didn't quite make it. Because I don't like throwing away perfectly good food (and because I don't like eating bananas that are too ripe), I found this easy banana face mask recipe.

All three ingredients can be combined in a mixing bowl and mashed with a fork. I found that my mask was still a little too chunky — a problem my immersion blender solved in a matter of seconds. After layering the mask over my freshly-washed face, I let it sit for 15 minutes. I washed it off with warm water and applied a light moisturizer. Voila!